Listen, we can't all be so fortunate to jet away to a tropical location at a moment's notice or even spend an afternoon at the local pool. So, the rest of us are left to fake our flirty, flushed looks—and, luckily, there are tons of reputable products to help us pull it off! A good bronzer is completely game changing. When applied correctly (read: along any surfaces that the sun would naturally hit), your closest friends will be bubbling over with compliments, asking what you're doing lately to look so fresh and alive. The answer comes in the form of one of the super affordable drugstore bronzers that follow. Now, if you choose to share that information with them is up to you... we won't tell! Opening image: @PhysiciansFormula
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Pixi By Petra Beauty Bronzer
LOVED FOR: We appreciate when products come with their own brushes—as long as they’re actually high quality. This Kabuki brush by Pixi definitely is!
USERS SAID: “Pixi Beauty Bronzer is perfect for a slight of color for bronzing and also as a blush. The kabuki brush is extremely soft and durable. No shedding like some brushes do.”
Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer
LOVED FOR: Basically you’ll look like you just returned from vacation each and every time you give your skin a sunkissed glow with this buildable powder.
FUN FACT: Do you like to play with your makeup? If so, you’ll love the dramatic look you get when you wet this bronzer for a high impact shine.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends
BEST FOR: True to Neutrogena form, this stuff is so natural and blends so seamlessly with your regular skin color that you won’t feel outrageous when you wear it during the winter months.
USERS SAID: “This bronzer works very well with my light skin tone. It stays on and it is pretty pigmented. It didn't cause any type of breakout whatsoever, and I love that it has SPF30.”
Milani Baked Bronzer
USERS SAID: “This is the BEST bronzer I have come across as of yet, and trust me, my checking account can vouch for being pinged time and time again for the purchase of another store bought bronzer. I am extremely satisfied with this product. It is a beautiful color and goes well with all my other makeup”
HELPFUL TIP: Don’t stop on your cheek bone! Take a large brush and fluff this bronzer across your shoulders, collarbone, and anywhere else you want to fake a subtle tan.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Bronzer
BEST FOR: Physician’s Formula’s bronzer has more of a matte finish which allows you to build up the product in a visibly uniform manner.
LOVED FOR: It’s also packed full on skinfood like vitamins, moisturizers, and antioxidants so you can do yourself some good while you look good!
NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer
USERS SAID: “This NYX Matte Bronzer is matte, but not dry. It goes on the skin and leaves it looking like velvet. While it is compact, it covers similar to mineral makeup, without the mess. “
BEST FOR: Bronzer beginners can easily successfully start with this powder due to its super smooth and buildable consistency.
Rimmel London Natural Bronzer
USERS SAID: “During the week I apply this lightly over my powder foundation for a "tan" look and it last all day. When I am at the beach or on the boat, I just use this as my "foundation" for a natural look and it last all day. Love this product!”
HELPFUL TIP: Use this as an eyeshadow when you want to warm up your face all over!
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
LOVED FOR: When a bronzer is infused with Murumuru butter, you can rest assured that your look will be far more dewy than chalky.
USERS SAID: “I can see why all the beauty vloggers and bloggers give this one a rave review. The texture is heavenly and never sits heavy on the skin. Blends like a dream. I like taking a big fluffy brush and hitting all high points of the face where the sun naturally hits. Just LOVE IT!”